Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889): English poet
Gerard Manley Hopkins did not publish his poems during his lifetime. In 1918, his friend and poet Robert Bridges edited and published a volume of Hopkins’s poems. Hopkins was an innovative poet. He introduced new rhythmic effects (“sprung rhythm”) and used words in unusual ways.
“Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Credit: This poem is in the public domain.
Date Published: 1918